Due to a delay in hardware availability, the network connectivity outage which was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 22 has been cancelled and has been rescheduled to begin at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 28. This outage will affect network connectivity to several locations on and around the Rensselaer campus as hardware upgrades are performed.
Rensselaer recently announced that president Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson will co-chair the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China, to be held June 26-28, 2016. In her role as co-chair, Jackson will participate in a debate on the role of corporate-led research in advancing scientific progress, a televised session in which she will discuss the key elements of an innovation ecosystem that translates research results into technological innovations and business opportunities. Jackson will also moderate a discussion among Rensselaer faculty of the role of big data in disrupting transmissible diseases.
As part of the continuing infrastructure maintenance, upgrades and repairs being done on the Rensselaer campus, on Thursday, June 23, a 45-foot trailer housing a steam boiler will be temporarily placed on the Biotech side of 15th Street, near the southeast corner of the Biotech building. The boiler, which will be in place until the end of July, will provide temporary steam service and avoid any steam service interruption while work is being performed on the steam main expansion joints near the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center.
During the third annual SelectUSA Summit in Washington, D.C., held on June 20, before an audience of business leaders, economic development officials, and investors from around the world, President Obama announced that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE). The winning coalition brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from more than 30 states — and from across academia, including Rensselaer, industry, and nonprofits — to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.